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Old Oct 05, 2012, 12:20 PM
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well said, Tbird. Aradhana is a great guy! always pleasant and he really spends a lot of time refining his models and it shows. they fly very well!

Bill, i look forward to seeing your model in action.
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paul
Paul,

it shouldn't be too long before I make it to ElDo. I'm hoping I can talk you into helping me get it set up proper.

Aradhana is one of the people it's a pleasure to do business with, and just to talk to for that matter.

I've been putting a little presure on him to make it to JEM this Jan. I really hope he can make it.

Bill
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 10:58 AM
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I know for a fact that they're tough planes! I saw a buddy of mine destroy the wingtip of a steig (aramid dissed I think) and all his light speed sustained was a small leading edge dent! Was though to really see the damage! And they fly awesome!

Brandon
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 11:04 AM
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I've come to the conclusion that hollow core wings aren't for me. I'm too hard on my planes and I can't afford to replace wings on a regular basis nor am I very good at repairing that type of wing.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 11:08 AM
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There are some that are molded AND have foam cores. They could be the best of both worlds. Unfortunatly, that is for another thread.

Aradhana always have made works of art that also hold up well.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 11:28 AM
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I know for a fact that they're tough planes! I saw a buddy of mine destroy the wingtip of a steig (aramid dissed I think) and all his light speed sustained was a small leading edge dent! Was though to really see the damage! And they fly awesome!

Brandon
I personally know how tough they are. I lawn darted my old LS-1 on a medium to medium hard launch, and buried the nose almost 4" into fairly hard dirt (I didn't even want to look). The only damage was some minor delam, and ripped about 1 to 2" of the inboard aileron hinge.

Aradhana says that the "IV" is even more durable.....and it feels like it.

Last weekend was shot due to being out of town, and this weekend doesn't look so good to get the LS-4 in the air either I have taken it down and looked at it more than a few times though

Bill
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 12:32 AM
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Finally got to go to the school yard to maiden the LightSpeed-IV in pretty strong wind. Even unballasted (284gms) it handled it very well, and I can tell lauches are going to be much better once I can put a little power behind it, and get it tuned proper. I think this plane just may make me look like a better pilot than I really am

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Old Oct 22, 2012, 02:45 PM
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Great thread going here!

3 weeks ago I posted looking for a beginners DLG and after much thinking decided to buy the Akcent posted by John. I got up early one morning and emailed him my intention to purchase his used glider, and was disappointed when he replied later that day that someone has just paypal'ed him the money.

But it was a blessing in disguise for me because he then offered to sell me a LightSpeed v.1! Being new to DLGs I had to consult Kenny Sharp. He texted me two words: Buy it!

So I did, and I now understand everything people are saying about ASK. I called him on a Saturday, he picked up and talked to me for 1.5hrs about my used glider. Cleared up a lot of questions and misconceptions, and gave me tips on setting up the glider.

I'm excited about the v.4 models and hope to be ready for one by the Spring.

Meanwhile, love to hear more about what others like about the v.4 as they start rolling out.

Rick
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Old Oct 22, 2012, 09:30 PM
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I will be more than happy to report (with my limited DLG experience) if I can ever find time to get to the field with it. Life has had me tied up more than usual lately.

Bill
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Old Oct 23, 2012, 05:43 AM
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I look forward to hearing about it Bill.

I was flying my LightSpeed v.1 last night a little too late into the evening and (sad to say) had an argument with a paved driveway on the field where I fly. It was a little too dark for my old eyes, I came in hard nose first and the little glider suffered some damage. So now I get to practice repairs, but better to practice on a used v.1 than a new v.4 right!

BTW, did you ever sell the ELF?

Rick
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Old Oct 23, 2012, 12:08 PM
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I look forward to hearing about it Bill.

I was flying my LightSpeed v.1 last night a little too late into the evening and (sad to say) had an argument with a paved driveway on the field where I fly. It was a little too dark for my old eyes, I came in hard nose first and the little glider suffered some damage. So now I get to practice repairs, but better to practice on a used v.1 than a new v.4 right!

BTW, did you ever sell the ELF?

Rick
I have gotten a little, minor repair practice on my LS-1 as well. I got the V1 specificly for a practice/learning plane (very glad I did). If I had had the same mishap with one of my hollow moulded ships, the outcome likely would have been much, much worse.

Yes, I still have the ELF. If I had been willing to ship it at the time, I'm sure it would be gone. Simply too busy to put any time into anything lately.
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Old Oct 23, 2012, 08:37 PM
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I just ordered a quart of West 105 laminating epoxy with a 206 slow hardener to begin the repair. I know there is some delam on the wing and the wing mount is also loose, so I have some work ahead of me. Happy I have a used glider to learn on!

Rick
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Old Oct 23, 2012, 08:49 PM
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One more question concerning the v.4 models. I saw a LightSpeed v.3 advertised with 4 wing servos. Was that an option with v.3 that isn't available with v.4?

Rick
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Old Oct 24, 2012, 01:45 AM
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One more question concerning the v.4 models. I saw a LightSpeed v.3 advertised with 4 wing servos. Was that an option with v.3 that isn't available with v.4?

Rick
Give Aradhana a call, or shoot him an email. He would be the best person to answer your questions. I'm sure he would configure your model just about however you wanted it.
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 03:39 PM
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4 servo wings were available in a limited run with version III. After building and flying them, I decided to discontinue them.

They are good fliers. If you see one of our 4 servo-winged gliders out there, it's certainly worth considering. I think they are all RDS, too!

So why no more? In the trade off between lower tip inertia and having separate, outboard ailerons, I prefer the lower tip inertia. And building the 4 servo wings was considerably more work.

Aradhana Singh
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 05:36 AM
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Thanks for clearing this up Aradhana. I understand the effect of higher tip inertia only in theory. I guess the higher the mass at the tip of the wing, the more the glider will yaw oscillate, but I can't speak from experience.

Rick
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